W2XBS Schedule, Week of February 4th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning February 4th, 1940. The only thing I might be interested in seeing is “Art for Your Sake,” otherwise the schedule is filled mostly with films.

Sunday, February 4th, 1940
2:30-3:30: Soccer game, Brookhattans vs. Irish-Americans, at Starlight Park, Bronx
8:30-8:50: Musical televue of James Shelton’s “Our Town,” dramatizing music of five of the composer’s songs, with Dorothy Bird and Robert Shackleton
8:50-9:30: Play, “The Long Christmas Dinner,” by Thornton Wilder, presented by the American Actors Company

Wednesday, February 7th, 1940
2:30-3:30 – Films, “Olympics in the Jungle,” “In Old New Orleans,” “Burn ‘Em Up Barnes,” “Frontiers of the Future,” overture to “Der Freischuetz,” by Carl von Weber, played by Paris Symphony
9:00-11:00: Elimination bouts of Golden Gloves Amateur Tournament, at Ridgewood Grove

Thursday, February 8th, 1940
2:30-3:30: Films, “Sun Valley,” “Safari on Wheels,” “Uncle Sam the Farmer” 9:00-11:00: Wrestling, at Ridgewood Grove

Friday, February 9th, 1940
2:30-3:50: Film, “Bad Boys,” with Johnny Downes and Rosalind Keith
8:30-9:30: Play, “Charlotte Corday,” by Helen Jerome, with Lucille Watson, Jose Ruban, Frances Reid and Carl Harbord

Saturday, February 10th, 1940
2:30-3:50: Film, “Abraham Lincoln,” with Walter Huston
7:30-8:00: “Art for Your Sake,” educational feature, with Dr. Bernard Myers
8:30-9:30: To be announced

Sources: “Notes on Television.” New York Times. 4 Feb. 1940: 128.

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  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    “Abraham Lincoln” was legendary silent film director D.W. Griffith’s first sound feature, produced and released in 1930 [through United Artists, one of the Hollywood "independents" who allowed experimental stations like W2XBS to telecast some of their older films for limited TV exposure in 1940].

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